Originally created 09/15/03

More speculation: Ben and Jen splitsville on wedding day

LOS ANGELES -- Have they gone from Bennifer back to Ben and Jennifer?

The most overexposed couple on the planet was supposed to exchange wedding vows Sunday, but instead there was a report that they had ended their tabloid-chronicled storybook romance.

Amid the frantic speculation surrounding the pair last week, People magazine reported Sunday that Affleck has dumped Lopez due to "second thoughts" about their impending wedding.

Dubbed "Bennifer" by gossip wags, the pair planned to wed at a mansion estate near Santa Barbara. But they postponed the ceremony Wednesday, saying excessive media attention was turning the event into havoc.

Citing unidentified "sources close to the couple," People reported that Affleck initiated the breakup with Lopez, who was "devastated" and "in tears." However, the magazine hedged its scoop by adding "it was unclear whether the separation was permanent."

A representative for Affleck, Ken Sunshine, declined to comment on the breakup rumor. Lopez's publicist, Dan Klores, did not return The Associated Press's call for comment. Klores told People he believed the couple was still together, but had not spoken to Lopez in several days.

If the wedding happens, it will be the third for Lopez, 33, and the first for Affleck, 31. They met while filming this summer's infamous bomb, "Gigli."

Their second film together, writer-director Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl," is set for release next year.


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